Sunday, January 13, 2013

100th Day, Penguin Ideas & a FREEBIE!

We are not celebrating the 100th day for several weeks but I wanted to put some pics up from last year. This is a sign I made that was hanging in our doorway.

I did this super quick on my smartboard. I designed a sign that I will display for them when they walk in. You will have to read further.

I have always done the 100th day snack. Each child is assigned what to bring so we don't wind up with 10 bags of pretzels. This way there is a variety that they can choose from. Then we do all kinds of math activities after we sort our snacks. 

My ultimate favorite creation! Since I taught kindergarten I have had the students come to school wearing something with 100 on it. I've had sooooooo many really creative ideas & I will have to see if I have pics of all of them. The one above & below are all from last year. 

Aren't those fun??? I can't wait to see what this class comes up with! I always tell them "DON'T TELL ME! I WANT TO BE SURPRISED!" I really fact I am having our 100th day celebration on the 101st day since I will be at a textbook adoption caravan. I bought an updated 100th day shirt from TEACHINGBLOGADDICT & I just HAVE to wear it!

I am planning on wearing one of my many Sheldon striped shirts underneath since it's F.R.E.E.Z.I.N.G here in Chicago! 

We did a ton of fun activities & there is a TON of ideas on all the teacher blogs & especially on TPT. I do highly recommend the following products that I personally will be using this year. 

The first unit is from Jeannie from Kindergarten Lifestyle! Love her! She is an author for FREEBIE-LICIOUS with me! 

 This unit is from 1st Grade Hip Hip Hooray! IT.IS.WONDERFUL!

Now for a fun little 100th day freebie! 
 I will be displaying the sign above on my smartboard when they arrive at school!
This is the certificate they will each get. I think I might run it on white & let them color it. I did not make one in color........raise your hand if you have colored ink??? Yeah, I thought so. Do the ink police work in your office too???
 Once upon a time I used to have them do a big project BUT we all know the CCSS police might stop by our hallway. This will be going into their memory/writing binders. I might whip up a sheet to put an actual photo on....a class photo.
And this will be displayed in our classroom so I make sure and hit that erhwoeirfjewofhal indicator. 

These are the cutie patootie Rockhopper headbands we made last year. I used the last of the yellow feathers I had. I used to pull apart yellow boas or yellow feather dusters. My co-workers used yellow crepe paper (streamers) or yellow construction papers & it actually turned out super cute! Do you think I have enough penguin stuffed animals?

 Because I know will get questions here are the steps....EASY PEASY! 

When we make these this year it will be on penguin day. They will hop to special, waddle to lunch, & all be dressed in black & white. Stay tuned..............


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Winter-licious Fun!

I was honestly so excited to see my little nuggets when we returned from winter break! They had the biggest hugs & smiles for me as they arrived. The morning went beautifully...I guess since they were all half asleep & half of them were at the nurse....LOL. I was a little afraid to see what was going to happen after lunch. I kept thinking.....either they were seriously just exhausted or they were just behaving to please know remember all the hugs I got??? 
After lunch.......I was convinced they were intravenously  given straight sugar or their parents all gave them pixie sticks for dessert. Let's just say.....HOLY MAMA!
Even though they were exhausting they were eager little learners during Daily 5. I was super stoked to have them try out the new centers I made. I just love the look on their faces when I tell them I made it! They always say it was their favorite...little brown-nosers! 

Here is a preview of my Winter-licious unit. I'm super proud of it & worked my big little butt off on it! Click on any pic above or below to check it out. I have each standard listed with descriptions in my store.

Thanks to Tammy from Live Love Laugh in Kindergarten  
 for making these monthly bin drawer labels. As soon as I saw this on her blog I had to run out & copy. My hubs even put the labels on for me! You can find her labels here! 

Just look at how lucky I am! Here is "A" cutting out a 3'' stack & was laminating at the same time! I.LOVE.HIM! 

I'm getting all off track here.........did you see that fabulous chevron rug??? I.AM.OBSESSED. I have been a B.A.D girl since we moved to a new house....I'm mean the's really bad. I could walk to TJ Maxx or Marshalls if that gives you any indication of the temptation I have to deal with....I cave...of course. Hubs is VERY lucky we don't have a Home Goods near by. I just started a new chevron pinterest board...come follow me!

The bins WAY above are where I store all my TPT centers I make or purchase on TPT. The bins are labeled by month & they are the perfect size for center storage! They also make me smile every time I walk by them :o) They are just so cute! 

 To keep myself and the kiddos organized this is how I store all my centers. I print out the cover & accountability sheet & store those in a sheet protector....don't even get me started talking about sheet protectors! I like to keep the accountability sheet in there so the kids can match it up if there is more than one center going on in word work & it saves me time finding & printing out another sheet when I need to replenish the following year. Of course everything is laminated on card stock. Did you notice the chevron has somehow found it's way into my centers as It makes me happy...what can I say.
Look at this fave! Peace signs, chevron & penguins!!!!
                     This "Snow Special Synonym" center.
                     This is the "Winter-ABC Order" center.

          This is the "Chill Out! Real/Silly Word Sort" center.
                             This is the "Scrambled Sentences" center.

This is the "Peace, Love, & Penguins: Fact or Opinion" Center.
 This is the "Stashing Through the Snow: Verb Tense" center.
              This is the "Penguin Parts of Speech" center.
                    This is the "Let it Snow Syllables" center.

                 This is the "Snowmates Compound Word Sort" center.
Each ELA Common Core aligned center comes with amazing graphics! I've included a title sheet with directions & B&W accountability sheets in all 10 centers. 

This is the deal. I will try my hardest to do ELA or Math...or both centers for each month. If you purchased my popular Elf on the Shelf unit you can see I put my all in each center I make. No fluff. I base the centers on what I am doing in my classroom during that time of the year. If you would like to see something specific in February leave me a comment.  Even if you don't have a suggestion show me some comment love!

The first five to comment with their email will receive this 80+ page unit! GOOOOO! Again, thanks for being a faithful stalker.